Gladys Berejiklian proposes radical change to how coronavirus is handled in Australia – and it’s not all about numbers
- Gladys Berejiklian says Australia needs to measure its Covid success differently
- Premier will raise possibility of stopping daily virus updates at national cabinet
- Her state went 45 days without a local case of coronavirus on Wednesday
Gladys Berejiklian says Australia needs to think differently about how it measures success during the coronavirus pandemic, as she prepares to propose a radical change at the next national cabinet meeting.
The NSW premier will raise the possibility of stopping daily Covid infection updates when she meets with other state and territory leaders on Friday.
Her state went 45 days without a locally acquired case of coronavirus on Wednesday but Ms Berejiklian still thinks the nation’s triumphs can be measured differently.
Gladys Berejiklian (pictured on Wednesday) says Australia needs to think differently about how it measures success during the coronavirus pandemic
Nurse manager Sue McGrady receives the Pfizer vaccination at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Vaccination Hub in Sydney on Monday February 22
‘In my view, success isn’t the number of cases,’ she told The Australian.
‘Keeping people out of hospitals should be our success … some people who have had the vaccine might still get it, get it mildly and they’re at home and then they’re back doing what they do. That to me is a successful outcome.’
The coronavirus vaccine rollout launched across Australia on Monday February 22.
While Ms Berejiklian believes Australia is doing ‘really well’ in its pandemic response, she believes the nation can continue to move forward by changing how the virus is thought of.
The premier even suggested Covid could one day being treated like the flu.
‘Whilst you can’t compare it to the flu because the flu is obviously far less contagious and has lower mortality rates … living with Covid could look like that in the future,’ she said.
Healthcare workers arrive at the vaccination hub at Westmead Hospital on March 1
The national cabinet meeting on Friday is expected to discuss keeping the domestic borders open and the vaccine rollout.
The NSW government vaccinated 15,000 people by the end of Wednesday, Ms Berejiklian said.
Of the 6500 people working in the quarantine system, about 4200 have been vaccinated.
The government is also pleased at the success of its Service NSW check-in app, which three quarters of the state’s residents have downloaded.
A Pfizer vaccination is scanned by a medical worker at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Vaccination Hub in Sydney